Analysis: “EU Citizenship, Sufficient Resources and the New Stability in Citizenship Case-law” by Daniel Sarmiento
The right to free movement of persons is dependent on having sufficient resources. Workers have a right to free movement because they have a salary. Self-employed persons have free movement rights because they generate income. Job-seekers are looking for a job and are thus destined to be economically active. Tourists move for the purpose of receiving services in another Member State. Free movement is not about good-willed openness, it’s about building a market, and the Treaty and the rules on residence are good proof of it.
However, in past years the Court of Justice has devoted part of its case-law to shape the contours of the statute of vulnerable persons who may happen to exercise free movement but with no apparent economic mot